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The dental needs of your entire family are critical when selecting the right dentist. A dental professional who offers services to family members of all ages is really the best option. You can enjoy the benefits of one-stop convenience for yourself and your children with Novato family dentist Dr. Steven McConnell while ensuring that everyone’s oral health is being monitored regularly.

Prevention Protects Oral Health

The simple truth is that the key to optimum oral health is prevention. The types of services that family dentistry includes are those that address prevention as the first step in dental care. These include regular cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, routine x-rays, and other routine dental work. The American Dental Association suggests at least twice-yearly visits to your family dentist for checkups.

Comprehensive Dental Exams

During your semi-annual visits to the Novato family dentist, you will receive a routine oral examination, including oral cancer screening, and a professional cleaning. The cleaning is essential to get rid of stains and plaque buildup, which in turn prevents tooth decay and gum problems. Your dental team will provide recommendations for proper at-home brushing, flossing and rinsing to help reduce the buildup of plaque between regular appointments.

Another benefit of seeing a family dentist is that they can effectively monitor the oral health of your family from early childhood into adulthood. This establishes a meaningful ongoing relationship with your family. Young children need to be introduced to dental care in a welcoming and comforting setting to develop a trusting relationship with dentists that will last into adulthood.

Please Call for Your Family’s Next Appointment

It is especially important to schedule regular appointments for checkups so that problems can be identified as early as possible before more extensive and costly dental work becomes necessary. Take the stress out of making and keeping your regularly scheduled appointments by selecting a family dentist who can see to all your oral health needs.

Today, there are more options than ever for correcting esthetic smile flaws. If you’re not happy with the position, shape, or whiteness of your teeth, you don’t necessarily need to spend lots of money on high-end cosmetic dental treatments.

Everyone deserves a smile they can be proud of, regardless of their budget. Whenever we can, the Novato cosmetic dentist offers our patients the most conservative and affordable cosmetic treatments available.

Dental bonding is an excellent way to repair chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. It’s fast, less costly than other treatments, and we can usually restore several teeth in just one appointment.

What Problems does Bonding Correct?

Using dental bonding, we can easily alter the shape, size, and even the color of your teeth. One of the things about bonding that makes it so effective is that the material we use can be shaded to closely match the color of your natural teeth. The result is a repair that even you won’t be able to see!

The Novato cosmetic dentist often chooses the procedure to correct the following flaws:

  • Uneven gaps in-between your front teeth
  • Small chips and fractures in enamel
  • Slightly misaligned teeth
  • How Does Dental Bonding Work?

    Bonding requires special skill and attention to detail, and our doctors start the process by carefully mixing several shades of composite resin to match your natural tooth color as possible. Next, she carefully and expertly shapes and bonds the material to your tooth. Since the repair blends so well with your smile, we can use it to fill in a small chip or cover entire surface of a discolored tooth.

    A Beautiful Smile is Closer than You Think

    Have you always believed that a smile makeover was beyond your reach? If so, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how a simple process like bonding can produce the beautiful results you’ve always dreamed about.

    Laser gum contouring is becoming more popular among patients who have an uneven gum line or gummy smile. The procedure allows dentists to reshape the gum line to produce a more pleasing aesthetic.


    Today, the Novato, CA cosmetic dentist performs an increasing number of laser gum contouring treatments. The use of laser technology has made it easier to contour gum tissue with reduced risks and fewer side effects. In this blog, we’ll explain how laser gum contouring can be performed to improve the appearance of the smile.


    What does the procedure involve?


    Laser gum contouring involves the removal of a small amount of soft gum tissue to produce a uniform gum line or minimize the amount of gum tissue that shows when a patient smiles. To start the procedure, we’ll administer a local anesthetic to numb the gum tissue and prevent any discomfort during the treatment process.


    Once you’re completely numb, the Novato, CA cosmetic dentist will use a dental laser to sculpt the gum line and create an attractive contour; this may involve the removal of gum tissue across the entire upper gumline or the removal of excess gum tissue from specific teeth. 


    The entire process takes less than an hour. Once the gums have been reshaped to the desired aesthetic, the patient can return home.


    How long does it take to recover?


    The laser gum contouring procedure results in minimal side effects. Still, you may experience minor discomfort during the healing period. To reduce any pain, avoid spicy foods, foods and drinks that are heated or cooled to extreme temperatures, and foods that contain small seeds. An over-the-counter pain reliever can be used to treat any discomfort.


    You should continue to brush and floss their teeth in the days after treatment. However, during the first few days after treatment, it is important to be as gentle as possible. Laser dentistry offers many benefits, including a minimal recovery time and few side effects. Other benefits are:

    • Less pain during and after treatment
    • Reduced degree of bleeding and swelling
    • Less chance of infection
    • Improved and even gum line
    • The gum line is more proportionate to the teeth
    • The ideal amount of gum tissue shows when you smile, laugh, or speak

    The laser gum contouring procedure is commonly performed in combination with other dental procedures. Porcelain veneers may be applied to the front surface of the teeth to make them appear straighter, lengthen short teeth, or mask stains. Teeth whitening may be performed to make the teeth whiter. By choosing additional treatments, patients can achieve a total smile makeover.


    If you’re thinking about a laser gum contouring procedure, contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Steven McConnell to arrange a convenient consultation. 


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